Nokia 5 review: Numb3r5 don't lie

Numb3r5 don't lie

GSMArena Team, 21 July 2017.

Phonebook

The Nokia 5 has the generic phonebook/dialer app with the list of favorites, the call log and the contacts are all tabs within the same app. The dialer is summoned with a tap on a button. Smart dial is supported too.

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Loudspeaker

The Nokia 5 has a single loudspeaker - the Nokia 6's stereo setup didn't make the cut. The lone driver can pump out a lot of decibels if the tune is right and it scored a Good rating in our three-pronged test. It kept its sound distortion-free even at max volume, too.

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Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 65.8 66.0 66.5 Below Average
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 66.0 64.3 70.1 Below Average
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 63.1 67.3 71.3 Average
Sony Xperia XA1 61.7 69.7 71.8 Average
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 64.5 71.0 68.9 Average
Xiaomi Redmi 4 64.8 70.1 72.0 Average
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 66.1 66.9 75.5 Good
Moto Z Play 62.9 70.3 77.0 Good
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 66.4 66.2 78.0 Good
Nokia 5 63.9 70.0 81.7 Good
Nokia 6 (Chinese version) 63.0 70.2 85.2 Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good
Nokia 3 70.6 71.0 83.6 Very Good
Google Pixel XL 73.4 72.1 84.1 Excellent
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent

Text input

For text unput the Nokia 5 relies on the Google Gboard keyboard. It's a great solution, offering predictive text (they all do), emoji, GIFs, search right from the keyboard, and plenty of customizability.

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Reader comments

  • Floki

Delays? I was looking for Nokia 5 ! Has delays in normal use or in games ?

  • Anonymous

I have had one for 15 months. It is seriously low on RAM due to the Android updates and running poorly. I can't remove anything else from the phone to make it perform better. Regret this purchase as it is practically a brick now and all other phones ...

For a phone that on release was sub £200 , it feels premium , the weight is right , the Matt back may harp back to less shiny times but in fact aids with the every day use of the phone , I remember the weird ways I used to hold my s8+ because i...